The U.S. FDA has granted investigational device exemption approval for the use of Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc.’s (PGDx) elio tissue complete assay in a Merck & Co. Inc. trial of a Keytruda (pembrolizumab)-based combination therapy. Specifically, the assay will be used during the trial to analyze genomic markers to direct patient enrollment and stratification.
The U.S. FDA has given Pq Bypass Inc. the greenlight to conduct a pivotal trial aimed at assessing its Torus stent graft in the treatment of peripheral artery disease (PAD) in the superficial femoral artery. The TORUS-2 study is the Milpitas, Calif.-based startup's second IDE approval in less than two years and the first pivotal IDE for an SFA stent graft since W.L. Gore & Associates Inc.'s Viabahn device, which notched an initial PMA approval in 2005.
Melbourne, Australia-based regenerative medicine company Avita Medical Ltd. has received good news from the FDA. The company, which also has a presence in Valencia, Calif., said the agency gave its thumbs up to an investigational device exemption application for a pivotal trial (NCT04091672) evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Recell autologous cell harvesting device in combination with meshed autografting for the treatment of acute full-thickness skin defects, such as degloving, crush wounds, abrasions, lacerations and surgical wounds.